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First International Water Summit (IWS) Explores Water Governance, Water-Energy Nexus

17 January 2013: The International Water Summit (IWS) has had its inaugural meeting on promoting water sustainability in arid regions.

The meeting was held from 15-17 January 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), alongside the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Activities included ministerial high-level panels, discussions and presentations by water experts, and an international exhibition.

The ministerial portion of the event hosted panels: on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), building national frameworks for renewable energy; renewable energy in an evolving global energy market; and water governance for sustainability. The summit also held a joint ministerial panel with WFES on the water-energy nexus. The purpose of the joint-conference was to draw on and synthesis insights from both the energy and water sectors in order to address policy challenges, such as future energy demands for water, mitigation of the impact of water scarcity on energy security, and technological solutions for reducing water consumption.

Expert discussions covered various topics, including the role of water in sustainable growth, sustainable economic development in water scarce regions, and cross-boundary collaboration through water governance in regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IWS was launched in January 2012, with support from the government of the United Arab Emirates. [IWS Website] [IWS 2013 Programme] [Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week] [WFES Website]